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Pineapple and Mango in the Clean Fifteen Wed 30th May, 2012 - 8:01am by Emma Cockrell

The flesh of pineapple and mango is protected from pesticide residue by the thick skin, making these fruits a good choice if you can’t buy organic.  You do want to give them a good rinse to keep the flesh clean while cutting however. These fruits are not suitable for most people who are following Nutritionhelp recommendations, but […]

Sweetcorn in Clean Fifteen Tue 29th May, 2012 - 8:23am by Emma Cockrell

  Although sweetcorn may take a good deal of fertilizer to grow, pesticide residue on the kernels is low. Yellow corn contains antioxidant carotenoids and is a source of both soluble and insoluble  fibre. The soluble fibre in corn may support the growth of friendly bacteria in our large intestine and may also be metabolised by intestinal bacteria into short chain […]

Avocados are 'Clean' Fri 25th May, 2012 - 8:38am by Emma Cockrell

  The thick skins on avocados form a protective layer against pesticides, preventing an accumulation of residue, bringing this fruit into the clean fifteen. My love for avocado only increased while I was in Africa, with large fruits growing in gardens and whole bowlfuls being sold for around 75p! Avocado.org list some great nutritional benefits of avocado: Avocados […]

The Clean Fifteen Wed 23rd May, 2012 - 7:59am by Emma Cockrell

Having looked at the vegetables and fruit with the highest pesticide residue, we are now going to turn our attention to those foods carrying the least pesticides. This may either be that they are a fairly resistant crop, therefore requiring less spraying with pesticides, or that they have thick skins, and outer layers that need […]

A Bakers Dozen with Collard Greens Tue 22nd May, 2012 - 6:44am by Emma Cockrell

  In recording the dozen produce foods to avoid in order to significantly reduce the level of pesticide residue that we consume, we come to a joint 12th place with Collard Greens. This leafy vegetable has been found to carry more than 45 pesticides. Look out for organic suppliers or swap to the more resistant […]

Statins for Healthy People? Sat 19th May, 2012 - 8:30am by Emma Cockrell

  With the media talking about a proposal for the increased use of statins, this post from Dr Briffa is very helpful: I’ve had a few emails today alerting me to reports of a study concerning the use of statins in healthy individuals. The study in question is a meta-analysis (grouping together of similar studies) of statin trials […]

The last of the Dirty Dozen Fri 18th May, 2012 - 7:45am by Emma Cockrell

  Coming to the end of our list of the top twelve vegetable and fruit most contaminated by pesticide residue, we come to Kale. This dark green leafy vegetable is packed full with nutrients but has been found to carry high levels of pesticide residue. Look out for organic supplies of kale, or try growing […]

Lettuce in the Dirty Dozen Thu 17th May, 2012 - 8:47am by Emma Cockrell

  A salad favourite, lettuce has been found to carry residues from more than 50 pesticides, so it really is worth looking out for organic varieties. Lettuce is a great vegetable for anyone on a Nutritionhelp programme, so to bulk out expensive organic salad leaves I will toss in some grated carrot to add volume […]

Eat Organic Potatoes Wed 16th May, 2012 - 9:16am by Emma Cockrell

  The next food on the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list is potatoes. In the USA potatoes have been found with residue from more than 35 pesticides, so I would guess that in the UK potatoes also carry a high chemical residue. Buy organic potatoes and enjoy cooking with the flavoursome  skin still on.  Try scrubbing the […]

Buy Organic Sweet Bell Peppers Tue 15th May, 2012 - 12:05pm by Emma Cockrell

  Peppers Sweet bell peppers, of all colours, are frequently found to be high in pesticide residue.  Although delicious both raw and cooked, they may be affected by nearly 50 different pesticides, so it is well worth looking out for organic varieties or trying to grow your own. As part of the nightshade family,  peppers […]